"Don has been an integral part of the Braves family for decades, and is most deserving of this honor," said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. "Generations of Braves fans have been wowed by his knowledge and charmed by his ability to bring life to the broadcast. He is undoubtedly beloved throughout Braves Country."
Before his broadcast days, Sutton had a stellar playing career that spanned 23 seasons. His Major League career was highlighted by 324 wins with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels. Sutton began his career in 1966 with the Dodgers, where he stayed for 16 years and achieved many of his personal bests. Following his time with the Dodgers, he spent intervals of time with the Astros, Brewers and Angels before retiring in 1988. Sutton ranks seventh on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574 and appeared in more than 750 games throughout his career.
In 1989, Sutton joined Turner Sports as an analyst for Braves telecasts on TBS and spent 18 years covering Atlanta. After a two-year stint with the Washington Nationals from 2007-2009, Sutton returned to the Braves broadcast team, where he still resides.
Sutton's baseball accomplishments were recognized and celebrated in 1998 when he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Braves Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those players, managers, coaches and other individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the Braves franchise. Sutton will join Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Bobby Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, Chipper Jones, David Justice, Javy Lopez, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Rabbit Maranville, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, Dave Pursley, John Sain, John Smoltz, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner and Pete Van Wieren.
Tickets to the luncheon and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame at 404-614-2310. Individual tickets are $150 and include the chance to sit with a current or former player, manager, coach or Braves Hall of Famer.
The Braves Museum & Hall of Fame is the starting point of Turner Field tours, and features more than 700 Braves artifacts and photographs that trace the team's history from its beginnings in Boston (1871-1952) to Milwaukee (1953-65) to Atlanta (1966-present). Guided tours take visitors to many areas off limits during games, including the Braves press box, broadcast booth, dugout and more.